Crete 2 - Knossos & North Coast
The amazing ruins of the Minoan town of  Knossos are a must-see for any visitors to Crete. Dating from
1700 BC, Knossos survived earthquakes and the aftermath of the volcanic eruption on Santorini, then was destroyed
by fire. The ruins were uncovered in the early 1900s, and although there is some criticism of the restorations at that
time, it is now possible to imagine the Palace and town as it must have been. Especially interesting are the many
frescoes, and the giant pithoi  (large ceramic jars).  The main towns of Iraklio, and Rethymnon are shown
here, also the  famous Lion Fountain of Spili, the Lefka Ori town of Lakki, the orange orchards of
Fournes, and the seaside town of Kissamos.


3200 Royal Road, Knossos, Crete P1030229.JPG

3201 The north entrance, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030203.JPG

3202 Palace of Knossos, Bull fresco, Crete P1030201.JPG

3203 The famous Bull frescoe, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030202.JPG

3204 The north entrance, Palace of Knossos, Crete  P1030196.JPG

3205 The north entrance, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030185.JPG

3206 Part of the Grand Staircase, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030194.JPG

3207 Little throne room, Knossos, Crete P1030197.JPG

3208 Queen's Megaron, Knossos, Crete P1030184.JPG

3208 Queen's Megaron, Knossos, Crete P1030184.JPG

3210 'Prince of lilies', copy of fresco, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030191.JPG

3211 Copy of fresco of 'the blue ladies', dancing Minoan women, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030182.JPG

3212 Copies of the 'Procession' frescos at the Great Propylea, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030176.JPG

3213 Copy of Bull fresco, Palace of Knossos, Crete  P1030183.JPG

3214 Southern house of the High Priest, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030232.JPG

3215 Southern house of the High Priest, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030233.JPG

3216 The Great Propylea, south entrance of the Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030213.JPG

3217 Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030175.JPG

3218 Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030231.JPG

3219 Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030214.JPG

3220 Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030209.JPG

3221 Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030210.JPG

3222 Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030188.JPG

3223 Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030223.JPG

3224 Procession way, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030169.JPG

3225 Ruins, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030180.JPG

3226 Ruins, Knossos, Crete P1030192.JPG

3227 Ruins, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030172.JPG

3228 Ruins, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030224.JPG

3229 Ruins, Palace of Knossos, Crete P1030226.JPG

3230 Giant Pithoi, Knossos, Crete P1030212.JPG

3231 Giant Pithoi, Knossos, Crete P1030177.JPG

3232 Giant Pithoi, Knossos, Crete P1030205.JPG

3233 Giant Pithoi, Knossos, Crete P1030207.JPG

3234 Reconstructed horns of consecration, Knossos, Crete P1030187.JPG

3235 Pit showing remains of pre-palatial ruins, Knossos, Crete P1030230.JPG

3236 Looking back down the Royal Road, Knossos, Crete P1030219.JPG

3237 Corn marigolds, wildflowers, Knossos, Crete P1030220.JPG

3238 Harbour-Marina, Iraklio, Crete P1030254.JPG

3239 Marina, from the castle, Iraklio, Crete P1030253.JPG

3240 Rethymnon Harbour, from Fortezza, Crete P1030124.JPG

3241 Rethymnon from Fortezza, Crete P1030123.JPG

3242 Fortezza, Rethymnon, Crete P1030116.JPG

3243 Fortezza walls, Rethymnon, Crete P1030117.JPG

3244 Fortezza walls, Rethymnon, Crete P1030120.JPG

3245 Fortezza walls, Rethymnon, Crete P1030118.JPG

3246 Entrance gate, Fortezza, Rethymnon, Crete P1030121.JPG

3247 Old Mosque, and common mallow wildflowers, Fortezza, Rethymnon, Crete P1030127.JPG

3248 Crown daisies, wildflowers, Fortezza, Rethymnon, Crete P1030125.JPG

3249 Fortezza walls, Rethymnon, Crete P1030132.JPG

3250 Storage chambers, Fortezza, Rethymnon, Crete  P1030131.JPG

3251 Fortezza wall, Rethymnon, Crete P1030133.JPG

3252 Rethymnon from the Fortezza, Crete P1030137.JPG

3253 Rethymnon street, Crete P1030147.JPG

3254 Rethymnon street, Crete P1030148.JPG

3255 Rethymnon street, Crete P1030149.JPG

3256 Old Houses Rethymnon, Crete P1030153.JPG

3257 Waterfront, Rethymnon, Crete P1030144.JPG

3258 Waterfront, Rethymnon, Crete P1030139.JPG

3259 Rethymnon waterfront and tavernas, Crete P1030141.JPG

3260 Rethymnon waterfront and tavernas, Crete P1030142.JPG

3261 Taverna, Waterfront, Rethymnon, Crete P1030143.JPG

3262 Drying octopus, taverna, Rethymnon, Crete P1030145.JPG

3263 Outside the town of Spili, Crete P1030114.JPG

3264 Famous Lion Fountain at Spili, Crete P1030092.JPG

3265 Lion Fountain, Spili, Crete P1030094.JPG

3266 Lion Fountain, Spili, Crete P1030102.JPG

3267 Main Street of Spili, Crete P1030105.JPG

3268 Old street, Spili, Crete P1030100.JPG

3269 Spili street, Crete P1030099.JPG

3270 Goat on spiral staircase, Spili, Crete P1030095.JPG

3271 Phlomis fruticosa (sage), wildflower, Spili, Crete  P1030109.JPG

3272 Lefka Ori Mountains from Lakki, Crete P1030005.JPG

3273 Lakki, Lefka Ori Mountains, Crete P1030016.JPG

3274  Lefka Ori Mountains from Lakki, Crete P1030009.JPG

3275 Lefka Ori Mountains from Lakki, Crete P1030001.JPG

3276 Lefka Ori Mountains from Lakki, Crete P1030010.JPG

3277 Lefka Ori Mountains from Lakki, Crete P1030015.JPG

3278 Salsify, wildflower, Lakki, Crete P1030006.JPG

3279 Orange Groves, Fournes, Crete P1030026.JPG

3280 Flowering Orange Trees, Fournes, Crete P1030039.JPG

3281 Orange blossom, Fournes, Crete P1030036.JPG

3282 Orange orchard, Fournes, Crete P1030041.JPG

3283 Orange and grapefruit packing shed, Fournes, Crete P1030049.JPG

3284 Orange packing sheds, Fournes, Crete  P1030044.JPG

3285 Oranges ready for packing, Fournes, Crete P1030035.JPG

3286 Grapefruit ready for packing, Fournes, Crete P1030033.JPG

3287 Ready to eat, Fournes, Crete P1030168.JPG

3288 Church belltowers, Fournes, Crete P1030027.JPG

3289 Blossom, Fournes, Crete P1030029.JPG

3290 Waterfront Kissamos, Crete P1020977.JPG

3291 Old Boat and wild daisies, Kissamos, Crete P1020975.JPG

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